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Network Features

A set of draft reports analyzing 20 years of monitoring data under the Northwest Forest Plan has been formally released by the Regional Interagency Executive Committee (RIEC) today. The reports, which summarize the latest periodic monitoring data gathered since 1994, with a focus on the last 5 years, are available here >> “The 20-year...
“The lesson in ‘Playing God’ is that there is no such thing as leaving nature alone. People are part of Creation. We do not have the option of choosing not to be stewards of the land. We must master the art and science of good stewardship. Many environmentalists do not understand that the only way to preserve nature is to manage...
The June 2 Washington Post article about the growth of the biomass industry in the southern U.S. to fuel European markets, showcases a narrow and inaccurate view of the true threats to forests--which in the south especially--are largely owned by families and individuals. The American Forest Foundation’s (AFF) recent report – Vanishing...

Guest Columns

Normally, discussion of forest road building tends to focus around avoiding soil disturbance and runoff that could...
Wood fiber costs for pulp mills in the Western US have increased substantially over the past year while other regions...
Like all forests, all wood supply chains are different. Some are longer and more complex than others, but one thing...
Are my wood costs too high? This is an age old question, often posed rhetorically. I am sure that all of us— from...
Spring break-up is fast approaching. Most of us are very familiar with the oldies song, “Breakin’ Up Is...

Industry News

The elevated intensity of wildfire seasons in the American West combined with political, environmental, and economic issues surrounding the use of coal and oil are spurring a growing interest in the...
Four pellet plant executives sit down for a frank discussion regarding the industry’s biggest challenges, the importance of building a cohesive and effective team, and plans for the next 18...
Tree planters working on the Wabigoon Forest made a huge contribution towards a Guinness World Record for the most trees planted in 1 hour simultaneously in multiple locations by groups of 25 to 100...
Log exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska totaled 272 million board feet in the first quarter of 2015, a decrease of nearly 16 percent compared to the fourth quarter of...
In an unprecedented move, elected municipal officials and forest industry representatives from Quebec and Ontario met in Ottawa today to ask the various levels of government to step up their efforts...
In the seven years since Marcellus Shale gas companies began working in Pennsylvania’s state forests, none of the nearly 1,700 affected acres has been fully restored and put back the way it was...

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Forest Photos

Sponsored by Evergreen Foundation

This working forest on the Olympic Peninsula belongs to the people of the State of Washington. The trees in the foreground are alder, a soft hardwood that grows prolifically in western Washington. For years, it was considered to be a junk tree and landowners worked hard to rid their lands of it, but in recent years it has become very popular as a finish wood in homes because it is so easily worked with hand tools and because when stained it takes on the appearance of other more expensive woods.